For the start of the race, pole winner David Pearson took the outside lane with second-place qualifier Petty on the inside. The Silver Fox was making his first start with the Holman & Moody, factory-supported Ford team.
Photo courtesy of Ray Lamm
One thing I found interesting about the trophy is the Marlboro sponsorship. Just four years later, R.J. Reynolds' Winston cigs would become the title sponsor of the series, and competing cigarette brands would no longer sponsor tracks, races or drivers.
Following Richard's milestone win to break the tie with his father, Chrysler Corporation announced it would dedicate a permanent marker at the speedway in Richard's honor. The article below indicated the marker would be installed at the start-finish line.
I'm not sure if the plaque was ever installed at the start-finish line. But I do know the track still has it. The Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum (formerly known as the Joe Weatherly Stock Car Museum - and it still should be!) still has the plaque on display, and a reader kindly shared a couple of photos of it with me.
|Credit to and courtesy of Travis Atkison|
Edited May 12, 2014